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NewTek Announces VT[4] Version 4.5

NewTek Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading 3D animation and video products, announced the latest software version of its award-winning VT[4] Integrated Production Suite, providing a comprehensive toolset for all professional video production needs from network broadcast to web streaming. VT[4] version 4.5 provides realtime layering and effects for live video and graphics in most PC file formats and operates internally in uncompressed D1 component video, with composite, Y/C, component, DV or optional SDI output. NewTek's VT[4] includes integrated timeline and storyboard editing, paint, 3D modeling and animation, titling, keying, live switching and much, much more.

"After seeing the response when NewTek shipped TriCaster, our portable live presentation system, we knew we had to migrate some of this new technology to the VT[4]," said Philip Nelson, NewTek's senior director worldwide video marketing. "The ability to add a remote PowerPoint to the switcher, and then send the switched output directly to projector is going to expand the capabilities of VT[4] producers."

NewTek is implementing several major new features into VT[4] version 4.5, covering new graphics, titling and output capabilities, as well as significant system improvements:

New features include:* LightWave 3D, version 8.3* A re-designed character generator for live production* Native XGA projector output* iVGA adds external computer displays as a switcher input* Smooth scaling of all sources for pristine output in any format* An improved video codec that offers 5:1 compression and 4:2:2 color-space, exceeding DV quality

Improvements include:* New drivers with increased stability and lower system overhead* Faster loading of DVEs* Improved switcher performance when using 3 cameras* Improved PAL signal quality

VT[4] Version 4.5 also offers built-in integration for a wide range of popular tools for film and television effects, including Digital Fusion, After Effects, combustion, 3ds max and more. VT[4] Version 4.5's frame buffer output for these applications provides artists with instant feedback on what their shots, graphics elements and composites will look like when broadcast. VT[4] Version 4.5 also includes a Project Codec that lets any application with AVI support load VT[4] project files with no conversion or rendering, allowing VT[4] Version 4.5 to integrate into virtually any production pipeline. For complete VT[4] Version 4.5 product information, see www.newtek.com/products/vt/.

VT[4] Version 4.5 will be a free download for registered VT[4] owners, and retails at $3,495. For information on the nearest NewTek authorized reseller, see www.newtek.com/dealers.

With headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, NewTek is a leading provider of full-featured video editing, live production, presentation and visual effects tools including TriCaster, VT[4] and LightWave 3D. For additional information, visit www.newtek.com.

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